Raising a child to be a reader is a lifelong gift. By setting the right tone in your home, you can help your child discover the wonderful world of books.
If you’re eager for your young child to begin reading, you may be asking yourself the question “when do kids learn to read?”
The good news? There is no magic age, and, like most milestones, there is a huge variation. You probably don’t need to lose sleep over this one.
For information on when children typically hit this milestone, and for tips on how you can foster a love of reading, this post on early literacy should help you find some answers.
Children process so much of their experience through literature, so remember: you have an important role in helping your child discover books that tackle challenges they’re facing in their lives.
If you’re parenting a 5 or 6 year old, the 100 Best Books for Kindergarten list is comprehensive, with lots of exciting titles to check out!
Reading for older children – teens and tweens – can be an exciting time of exploration. With the explosion of popular YA novels, this is a great time to harness pop culture energy and apply it to the world of books. Learn what makes a book “YA” and get ready to explore with your teenager. Trust me, there is a lot of excellent fiction for this age group!
There are so many gorgeous children’s books to explore with your growing family for all ages, these lists are just a start.
*If you’re looking to help your child develop foundational skills in English, Sheppard Software is a free educational website with entire sections devoted to English Language Arts (from learning letters to grammar to vocabulary).